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'Speedy" too fast for Roadrunners
RUSTON – Freshman JaQuan Jackson scored 22 points and junior Whitney Frazier added 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech to a 71-50 win over UTSA Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
With the game tied, Tech (7-13, 2-5 C-USA) used a 15-2 run midway through the first half to build a double digit lead and never look back as the Lady Techsters improved to 6-1 all-time against UTSA (11-9, 2-5 C-USA).
“We really wanted to get out and make some things happen defensively, and I thought we did that, especially early,” said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. “We set the tone with our defense. I thought Chrisstasia Walter played one of her better games. She was under control and got us into our offensive sets and controlled the basketball.
“Quanny played her best game. She was really good in all phases, and I am proud of her. She let the game come to her and didn’t force things. Whitney was Whitney. What can you say that hasn’t been said about her. This was a team win. We just need to build on this.”
Jackson played arguably her most complete game of an already impressive rookie season, hitting 8-of-13 field goals, 4-of-5 three-pointers and both free throws as she fell one point shy of tying her career-high of 23 points set earlier this year against Arkansas State. The Killeen, Texas native also added a career-high tying six rebounds, one assist and one block while not committing a single turnover in 32 minutes of play.
While Jackson was firing on all cylinders from the perimeter, Frazier was doing her damage mostly on the interior as she hit 7-of-13 field goals and 5-of-7 free throws. She added 11 rebounds to record her 10th double double of the season and her ninth in the last 13 games. Frazier also added a career-high six assists.
Junior guard Chrisstasia Walter orchestrated the show for Tech, scoring 15 points, grabbing seven rebounds, recording six assists and registering five steals in 40 minutes of action. Walter continually found open teammates as Tech connected on 43 percent (24-56) of its field goals in the game.
Tech capitalized on its intense defensive effort to build a 38-21 halftime advantage. The Lady Techsters forced 13 first half turnovers by the Roadrunners and outscored UTSA 15-2 on points off of turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of play.
Eleven of its points in the 15-2 run which spanned a nine minute period of the first half came off of UTSA miscues as Tech took an 11-11 tie and pushed it out to a 28-15 advantage on a pair of free throws by Veanca Hall with 2:46 to play in the first half.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Jackson in a 40 second span late in the opening period gave Tech its biggest lead of the period at 38-19.
Frazier led Tech in the first half with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Walter added 10 points.
UTSA was forced to play from behind the entire second half. Although the Roadrunners kept the deficit from ballooning they were never able to get closer than 13 points on two different occasions, the last time coming at 57-44 with 4:44 to play in the game.
However, Jackson connected on her third three-pointer of the game and Frazier added two free throws as Tech pushed the advantage back out and coasted to the win.
Defensively, Tech limited UTSA to only 29 percent (18-62) shooting while holding the Roadrunners leading scorer Kamra King – who entered the game averaging 15 points a game – to only six points on 1-of-10 shooting.
Tech also committed a season low 11 turnovers in the game.
The Lady Techsters return to action Wednesday when they travel to El Paso to face UTEP at 8 p.m. CT.